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Sky News reporters angered by email audit over possible malpractice

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By John Glenday, Reporter

November 21, 2011 | 1 min read

Reporters at Sky News have reacted angrily to an investigation being mounted by their employers, BSkyB, into illegal news gathering methods.

The investigation has seen a team of outside lawyers employed to trawl their emails in a bid to allow the firm to categorically deny any allegations of similar wrongdoing to that undertaken by elements of News International.

Controversially, the searches will focus on half a dozen senior journalists who routinely break stories – trawling through their email traffic for the past five years.

The audit has been initiated by John Riley, the head of Sky news, who stressed: “There has been no suggestion of any impropriety at Sky News. We remain committed to the highest standards.”

News International owner Rupert Murdoch is BSkyB’s largest shareholder.

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